State Crime Command detectives have charged three men this week after arrests in Kingscliff and a Grafton correctional facility in relation to ongoing investigations into the supply of illicit drugs.

Strike Force Chainmail, comprising detectives from the State Crime Command Drug Squad and Tuggerah Lakes Local Area Command, was established in February this year to investigate the supply of prohibited drugs across New South Wales and interstate.

Following extensive investigations, detectives have identified a drug syndicate allegedly involved in the trafficking of methylamphetamine on the NSW Central Coast and Far North Coast, as well as Queensland and Western Australia.

To date, Strike Force Chainmail detectives have arrested a total of 10 people, and seized illicit drugs worth a total estimated potential street value of $220,000.

As a result of ongoing investigations, detectives from the State Crime Command Drug Squad and Tweed/Byron Local Area Command attended a residence on Pearl Street at Kingscliff on Tuesday 16 September.

A 30-year-old man was arrested at the scene and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where he refused to be interviewed.

He was subsequently charged with three counts of knowingly take part in the supply of prohibited drugs.

He was refused bail and appeared at Tweed Heads Local Court on 16 September. He will reappear at Lismore Local Court on 23 September, 2008.

Drug Squad detectives and officers from the Department of Corrective Services arrested two male inmates, aged 35 and 40, from a correctional centre in Grafton on Monday 15 September. They were conveyed to Port Macquarie Police Station.

The 35-year-old man was subsequently charged with three counts of knowingly take part in the supply of prohibited drugs, and one count of inmate possess mobile phone.

The 40-year-old man was charged with two counts of knowingly take part in the supply of prohibited drugs, and one count of inmate possess mobile phone.

Both men were refused bail and appeared at Port Macquarie Local Court on 15 September, 2008. They will reappear at Port Macquarie Local Court on 20 October, 2008.

Investigations under Strike Force Chainmail are ongoing and any member of the public with information about the supply of illicit drugs are urged to contact their nearest police station of Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.